I already wrote a race report, but I forgot one VERY IMPORTANT detail:
This was my first marathon in MINIMALIST SHOES!!
I ran this marathon in my Saucony Hattoris, true minimalist, 0-drop shoes. As of mid-February or so this year, I have ONLY been running in these or my VFF Bikilas.
So, how do I feel post-marathon???
*** I have absolutey NO sore muscles whatsoever. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Null. Indicating that I really did take this marathon at a comfortable pace, without pushing myself.
*** I have no other aches or pains, other than ever-so-SLIGHT tenderness in my ankles. Obviously, running in minimalist shoes puts a little more strain on those stabilizing muscles & tendons. But even this is not debilitating or extremely painful!! I had some slight pain in my hip on Sunday, but that had even vanished by Monday morning.
*** I went for a very slow & easy 5-mile run this morning in my VFFs, & felt GREAT!!
I am gonna chalk this up as a HUGE success in the minimalist running for me!!! WOOT WOOT!
I also feel like this marathon was that absolute BEST choice for me to do my first minimalist marathon. The relaxed atmosphere & lack of pressure for a certain pace was PERFECT! I did not want to tear up my body, & it absolutely worked, even WITH lots of hills & pavement the entire course!
Since fully transitioning to minimalist shoes earlier this year, I have noticed I suffer from significantly LESS aches & pains following my long runs than EVER before. I am not sure if it can definitely be attributed to the shoes for me, OR if running in minimalist shoes has just helped me be more attentive to my form, & through changing things up along the way & improving my form, I am protecting myself from injury.
Either way, I LOVE the minimalist running!! I do NOT foresee myself EVER returning to "normal" shoes!!